UConn Opens With Shaky W

Morgan St. keeps it close but Huskies prevail
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 11:59 PM CST
University of Connecticut head basketball coach Jim Calhoun reacts during his teams 90-75 basketball win over Assumption in Storrs, Conn., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – UConn did little in the team's opener to assuage their fan’s fears of a repeat of last year’s deeply disappointing campaign, with a shaky 69-65 victory over Morgan State. Like last season, the Huskies struggled offensively, especially with 3-point shooting. The night was salvaged by sophomore Curtis Kelly, who had a breakout game, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine boards, reports the Hartford Courant.

Connecticut was up by 16 early in the second half, but the Bears tied it at 52 following back-to-back 3-pointers from Reggie Holmes. UConn, led by Kelly, was able to regain the lead and hold on down the stretch, if only barely. Jim Calhoun’s squad plays Buffalo tomorrow to try to advance to the championship round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at MSG.